4 Israeli universities are among the top 50 entrepreneurial producers
Four Israeli universities were included in PitchBook’s 2021 ranking of the top 50 undergraduate programs that produce the most VC-backed entrepreneurs, including Tel Aviv University, which ranked in the top 10.
The annual PitchBook study ranks programs into categories such as Top 50 Undergraduate Programs, Top 25 MBA Programs, Top 25 Undergraduate Programs for Founders, and Top 25 MBA Programs for Founders. The Study 2021 was released last week.
PitchBook Data is a data and research company covering mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity funds.
In the ranking, Tel Aviv University came in 8th place, for the fourth consecutive year; Technion-Israel Institute of Technology ranked 12th, for the second year in a row; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has gained one place from last year in 31st place; and Ben-Gurion University in the Negev ranked 44th, up two places from 2020.
Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University took first, second, and third place respectively, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Pennsylvania completed the top five . Harvard reclaimed third place in 2021 at MIT, which rose to fourth place.
For rankings, PitchBook has tracked founders of companies that received a first round of venture capital funding between January 1, 2006 and August 31, 2021. All rankings are based on data only in that time period, said PitchBook in a press release.
Tel Aviv University’s undergraduate programs helped create 912 founding graduates who set up 761 companies and raised a total of $ 26.8 billion during the reporting period, the data showed. These include companies like retail tech firm Trax, which has raised more than $ 1 billion in funding so far, interior design platform Houzz whose Israeli founders are the husband and wife. prepare for an IPO next year, and Next Insurance, a company that has raised over $ 800 in venture capital so far.
The Technion’s undergraduate programs created 682 founders with 577 companies, including the now defunct Better Place, medical technology company Insightech, and AI startup Gong. Founders who studied at Technion raised $ 18.9 billion, according to PitchBook.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem programs generated 450 founders, who created 399 companies (including cybersecurity unicorns Wiz and Cybereason) and raised a total of $ 11.9 billion. Ben-Gurion University created 314 founders who created 277 companies (for example, logistics technology company Fabric and HR technology company Hibob) and raised $ 8.3 billion.
Stanford University generated 1,643 entrepreneurs who then founded 1,437 companies that raised $ 76.7 billion. These companies include Robinhood Markets, Snap, and DoorDash.
Of the top 25 MBA programs that produced entrepreneurs, Harvard came first, followed by Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania. Tel Aviv University and its MBA program at the Coller School of Management ranked 13th in this list, unchanged from last year. The Israeli university was also alone in the PitchBook ranking of the 25 best undergraduate programs for founding women, coming in for 20th place tied with the University of Illinois. Israeli companies founded or co-founded by female entrepreneurs who studied at university include business management software company Honeybook, cybersecurity foundry Team8, and healthcare technology company DayTwo.
In the ranking of the 25 best female founding MBA programs, Tel Aviv University is tied with Oxford University for 14th place, up one spot from 2020. The program generated 26 women founders and 26 companies that raised $ 691 million. Harvard University ranked first on this list, with 343 female graduates and 325 companies raising $ 17.9 billion.
“We are proud of the high international positioning of Tel Aviv University and the Coller School of Management. Our place among the world’s leading institutions reflects the achievements of our alumni and their contribution to the creation and accelerated growth of many companies, ”said Prof. Moshe Zviran, Dean of Coller School of Management and Director of Entrepreneurship and innovation at Tel Aviv University. , in a press release Tuesday
Earlier this month, Tel Aviv University ranked fifth among the world’s universities for the production of entrepreneurs, according to a 2021 ranking compiled by Startup Genome, a policy research and consultancy firm. innovation.